Gophers, Moles, Voles, and Mice
Wed, 28 Dec 2011 20:21:39 PST
Andrew, San Diego:
Thanks, I will look into the barn-owl suggestion.
In a message dated 12/28/2011 11:18:16 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

Far  better than cats, and far less destructive to the environment, are  
owls. A pair will consume, between themselves and their family of  young, a
thousand rodents per annum. It has made the world of difference  here.
Besides cats, domestic or feral, at least in this area, are  quite
ineffective. They are consumed by coyotes. Bobcats, if you have them  

A far better choice in most areas of this  county (US) and indeed in many
parts of the world, are barn owls. I no  longer use traps or poisins. The
latter just end up at the top of the food  chain, usually in hawks, owls or

Make yourself a barn-owl  house and discard the traps and poisins. 

San Diego   

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